How does a meteorologist, journalist, travel & lifestyle writer and mum juggle all of those hats AND prepare for Christmas? We caught up with wonderwoman Magdalena Roze and found she’s all about simple and fresh Christmas styling and savouring her family’s traditional annual Polish feast.
Are you a Christmas planner or a last-minute person? In general, it’s last minute and I’m scrambling to wrap everything minutes before Christmas dinner (we celebrate Polish Christmas on Christmas eve), but it depends on the gift. I love buying special gifts for loved ones and surprisingly them with something unique and meaningful so sometimes this takes months of planning.
Describe your Christmas style? Casual, earthy and abundant! We like everyone to feel relaxed and just settle in for a long and lovely few days of eating, drinking and napping. The hero of our Christmas table is the food and I like to decorate with natural greens I can get from the garden like palm fronds and herbs. It’s beautiful, cheap and earth friendly.
Where will you celebrate this year? Last year it was very intimate affair at our home in Byron Bay with just us and my parents as Archie was only a couple of weeks old. This year we’ll be spending it in Sydney at my parents’ home with all the adopted Polish family.
What’s on the menu? A Polish feast of at least 12 dishes, completely inappropriate for the Australian summer and much more at home in the Polish winter, but it’s delicious and the way we’ve always done it. I hang out for this dinner every year because it’s so good. There’s mushroom soup, borsch, dumplings, salads, fish and some “Aussie” additions like prawns too. Amazingly, my mum does it all herself! The meal starts with vodka and ends with champagne!
Three things always on your festive table? Vino, Christmas crackers and linen.
Any essential festive decorating tips or traditions? I like to keep it fresh, festive and simple with candles, flowers, and anything I can get in the garden. I love a fresh, neutral palette and linen which makes all the food pop too. The table isn’t complete without crackers so they’re a must for the bad jokes and dodgy paper crowns.
Best Christmas present you’ve received? My son Archie last year. Darren also got me my favourite baby blue bicycle with a baby seat and basket to ride around Byron. I love it.
Best Christmas present you’ve given? Last year I had a wooden chessboard made for Darren, in the exact replica of one we played on in our villa during our babymoon in the Maldives. It took months of planning as the craftsmen were based in Thailand.
On Boxing Day I… do it all again! My parents call it the second day of Christmas and put on a big bbq. Most of it is spent on the couch watching the tennis in a food coma. Heaven!
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